Premier Guitar recently offered an in-depth look at the often overlooked Les Paul Artisan. The article was triggered by a question from a reader, who had recently come to possess an Artisan that, amazingly enough, had “spent most of its life” tucked away in the late great Les Paul’s bedroom.

“The Les Paul Artisan was a more expensive/elaborate variation of the Les Paul Custom and was advertised as a limited-edition model between 1976 and 1982,” states the writer. “It’s immediately discernable, with its unique pre-war headstock design, heart-and-floral pearl inlays adorning the ebony fretboard, triple-gold-plated humbuckers, a walnut-finished carved-maple top (ebony and tobacco-sunburst finishes were also available), and a multi-bound top, back, and headstock. Another hallmark of this guitar is the weight: almost 11 pounds!”

The author goes on to note that “earlier models were available with two humbuckers, but the three-pickup version became instantly more desirable and Gibson discontinued the two-pickup model by 1979. In 1980, a large Tune-o-matic bridge with a rectangular base replaced the TP-6 that was being used, but otherwise, the Artisan remained unchanged for the most part during its seven-year run.”

To read more, and to view a photo of this beautiful instrument, click here.